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    Russia Conducts Massive Arctic Military Drills
    Mar16

    Russia Conducts Massive Arctic Military Drills

    The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military maneuvers in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine. The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines, and 110 aircraft are intended to check the...

    EU Voices Concern at Military Build-up in Crimea
    Mar16

    EU Voices Concern at Military Build-up in Crimea

    The European Union said on Monday it would stick to its policy of not recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and voiced concern over what it said was a military build-up and deteriorating human rights situation there. “The European Union does not recognize and continues to condemn this act of violation of international law,” EU foreign...

    Putin: Russia Prepared Raising Nuclear Readiness Over Crimea
    Mar15

    Putin: Russia Prepared Raising Nuclear Readiness Over Crimea

    Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year’s tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine’s president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday. Putin’s comments, in a documentary being shown on state TV, highlight the extent to which alarm spread in...

    German Paper: Ukraine President to Urge More Russia Sanctions
    Mar15

    German Paper: Ukraine President to Urge More Russia Sanctions

    Ukraine’s president accused Russian-backed separatists in the east of failing to respect a cease-fire with Ukrainian troops and called for further sanctions on Russia in comments to a German newspaper to be published on Monday. Attacks have become less frequent since the latest cease-fire came into force in mid-February, but both sides...

    Poroshenko, Biden Call On Separatists to Abide by Pact
    Mar15

    Poroshenko, Biden Call On Separatists to Abide by Pact

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have called for Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to fully implement Minsk peace agreements. In a telephone conversation Saturday, Biden and Poroshenko discussed the European Union-mediated agreements, reached in the Belarussian capital in February and in September...

    EU Unlikely to Extend Russia Sanctions Next Week
    Mar13

    EU Unlikely to Extend Russia Sanctions Next Week

    European Union leaders are unlikely to reach agreement at next week’s summit to prolong economic sanctions on Russia that expire in July, a senior EU official said Friday. New sanctions on Russia also are off the table because EU governments want to give a chance to a fragile cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. But some of the EU’s 28...

    Rights Group Warns Ukraine Travel Restrictions Impede Health Care
    Mar13

    Rights Group Warns Ukraine Travel Restrictions Impede Health Care

    The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch says travel restrictions imposed by the government of Ukraine have contributed to serious delays in delivery of medical care in rebel-controlled areas of the east. The group released a statement Friday saying it bases its assertion on 10 days of phone and in-person interviews with medical personnel and...

    Germany Again Warns Against Lethal Weaponry for Ukraine
    Mar13

    Germany Again Warns Against Lethal Weaponry for Ukraine

    Germany’s top diplomat has warned against supplying Ukraine with lethal weaponry in its fight against pro-Russian separatists, saying such a move could trigger a “dangerous, permanent escalation” of the crisis facing Kyiv and Moscow. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke Thursday in Washington after talks with U.S....

    From ‘Red October’ Village, New Evidence on MH17 Downing Over Ukraine
    Mar12

    From ‘Red October’ Village, New Evidence on MH17 Downing Over Ukraine

    Villagers in eastern Ukraine have told Reuters they saw a missile flying directly overhead just before a Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky on July 17 last year, providing the most detailed accounts to date that suggest it was fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels. The accounts from four villagers of Chervonyi Zhovten, which was...

    Nemtsov Killing May Have Exposed Cracks in Kremlin Unity
    Mar12

    Nemtsov Killing May Have Exposed Cracks in Kremlin Unity

    The killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin has exposed rarely seen tensions between different camps inside President Vladimir Putin’s system of rule. No outsiders can know with any certainty what is happening behind the red-brick walls of the Kremlin, but some of Nemtsov’s associates say his...

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